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Lexapro Side Effects


Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant marketed by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Lexapro is used to treat depression. It has also been used off-label to treat body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

According to the official Lexapro website, common side effects may include nausea, insomnia, increased sweating, somnolence, fatigue, decreased libido, and anorgasmia.

This space is provided for you to share your side effects (or lack thereof) and experiences with Lexapro by posting a comment below.

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I have been on 20 mg Lexapro for about 1 year and have found it a lot more milder in side effects than most of the others I have tried.
I have had trouble with my weight and also extreme fatigue.
I was told by my Dr. that I would have to watch my wieght and exersise more whilst on Lexapro.
I have tried to be 'good' wieght/exercise wise but have put on about 10 kg and I feel that is because of the Lexapro.
My Iron stores are very low (at about 5) and my GP says this is why I am so tired. I also had trouble last year with aneamia. I have not had trouble with iron in my life before that. I dont know if this is because of the Lexapro or just co-incidence.
I also have trouble with on going decreased libido.
Basically I put up with Anti-Depressant side effects because I don't want to slip back into the hell of depression.

Posted by Glen on October 3, 2006 3:11 AM | Permalink | Reply

Lexapro is an awesome drug compared to everything else i have tried.I have been on 20 mgs for about 2 1/2 years. Wellbutrin made me have horrible headaches, Zoloft i was so moody no one would talk to me.. and Paxil made me suicidal. So far Lexapro has proved to have far few side effects than any of the above mentioned. My moods are stable as well as my emotion. I have an appetite and eat well. I don't have any defencies as far as iron. And I actually sleep well at night.

Posted by Amy on October 3, 2006 1:44 PM | Permalink | Reply

Has anyone else gotten bad eye pain as a side effect of Lexapro? I've been taking Lexapro for just under a week now and my eyes are killing me. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not. I can't decide whether to go to an eye doctor or not. Opinions anyone?

Posted by Tom on November 5, 2006 1:04 AM | Permalink | Reply

My husband was recently put on lexapro and ever since he cannot remember anything!! ill tell him something and one hour later he cant remember. when hes doing laundry hell put the laundry in but forget to start it...everytime!! i getting concerned.. any ideas????

Posted by Ashley on November 20, 2006 7:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

Ashley, if you or your husband haven't told his doctor about this, you should do so immediately. I've never heard of memory loss as a side effect, but it's certainly a possbility. I'm off of Lexapro now, and I'm glad about it. It wasn't a good medicine for me.

Posted by Tom on November 20, 2006 7:45 PM | Permalink | Reply

Tom, eye pain is a sign that your dosabe may be too high of Lexapro. Seek a doctor immediately! People whos dosages are not correct onn Lexapro can have awful side effects such as suicidal tendencies.

Posted by none on January 29, 2007 6:45 AM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on it and I am loosing my hair

Posted by Christy on April 25, 2007 8:10 PM | Permalink | Reply

Am I too thin for 10 mg Lexapro? 5'6" 109 lbs- the side effects are awful and constant, even after 3 yrs of taking the meds- yuk

Posted by j on June 14, 2007 9:40 AM | Permalink | Reply

I am the "Queen of the Side Effects." If hallucinations are a side effect, I will be seeing spiders as I swallow my medication. I'm a nut like that.

I was once on Celexa years ago and gained a ton of weight. I was having feasts for breakfast every day. Soooooooo not me.

Lo and behold, years later I am prescribed Lexapro. THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!! No side effects whatsoever, except for an inability to orgasm. Not fun. But I'll deal w/it, because Lexapro seems to be lifting my spirits and working well! And NO WEIGHT GAIN!

Posted by Renee on August 25, 2007 6:50 PM | Permalink | Reply

I guess I'm the lucky one. Lexapro was the 24th med I tried for depression and it actually helped! I have not had any side effects that I've noticed. No weight gain, actually I've been able to lose the weight I gained on another med. No trouble achieving orgasm. It's been great.

Posted by Diane on October 5, 2007 1:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on lexapro for four months now and I notice no side effects accept for my family says that I tend to act more energized...They say I can be overly hyper at times, but I love the drug and hope to one day not need to take it anymore

Posted by bb on October 5, 2007 5:28 PM | Permalink | Reply


I have used Lexapro for several months now. I can honestly say that I have no negative side-efffects. I was previously prescribed Cymbalta and I had a TON of side-effects. So, for me, Lexapro has been great for the depression and also for my anxiety.

I was on 10, then 20, and I just had waaay too much anxiety. So, Dr. prescribed 30 mg, which seems to work just right. Pharmacist said the 30 mg. is common.

I do have one side-effect but I consider it a good one. For years, I've had migraines and a lot of sinus infections. With the Lexapro, it has a kind of....drying effect? So, I don't have my alergies anymore and I don't even have to take my Zyrtec, (which btw the zyrtec costs so much more than the Lexapro, so I like)

Just wanted someone to know that for me, the Lexapro works pretty well and I have no complaints.

Posted by Red on October 20, 2007 6:15 PM | Permalink | Reply

I quit Lexapro after a year because the crazy dreams were driving me, well, crazy! They were SO vivid that I would mistake them for reality. I spoke to a guy I had dated and I started talking about the time we visited his grandmother and aunt, and he was like "what are you talking about? My grandmother's dead and my aunt doesn't live here..." Anyway, it was something I had dreamed and I really couldn't beieve it didn't actually happen. I even argued with the guy about it for a while, describing his grandma's apartment complex and everything!! depressed vs nuts!!! So I switched to Effexor and am much happier and my dreams pretty much stay in the subconscious.

Posted by gwen on October 28, 2007 4:34 AM | Permalink | Reply

Although Lexapro helped a bit with my depression I developed restless leg syndrome, gained approximately 30 lbs, and had the occasional random jolt in my arms, hands or shoulders.

After being off of Lexapro for a year I have lost about 5 lbs and the rls seems to have subsided. I do get the jolt in my arms/hands on occasion, so I'm guessing this may be a long-term side effect. I'm hoping it is reversible.

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Posted by Rock on November 21, 2007 10:27 AM | Permalink | Reply

i have been on lexapro for a month now and has been working ok except i have tinnitus has anyone had that as a side effect before? never had it before and now i think i need to up my dos to 20mg. i have postpartum anxiety. hopefully it goes away after a year b/c i never had this before.

Posted by kristy m on November 22, 2007 5:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

i have been on lexapro for a month now and has been working ok except i have tinnitus has anyone had that as a side effect before? never had it before and now i think i need to up my dos to 20mg. i have postpartum anxiety. hopefully it goes away after a year b/c i never had this before.

Posted by kristy m on November 22, 2007 5:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

I started on Lexapro, 20 mg, about 2 years ago. It worked wonderfully for the problem for which it was prescribed. I have experienced increased sweating, weight gain (even though I work out like a madman), and a complete loss of libido.

Posted by Tom on December 2, 2007 9:44 AM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on lexapro for 3 months now, and i love it. The only side effect are these terrible headaches. They occur numerous days of the week and throb all day long. Could this be the lexapro causing these?

Posted by Nicole on December 14, 2007 9:22 PM | Permalink | Reply

I've been on Lexapro for just under a year now and haven't had any side effects, at least not that I've noticed. I have noticed, however, that now when I drink, my tolerance is in the toilet and I appear to have some memory loss issues. I know that alcohol is not recommended while on Lexapro, but I've never seen this mentioned anywhere. Anyone else have this?

Posted by Nina on December 28, 2007 8:24 PM | Permalink | Reply

And I would NOT recommend drinking on Lexapro, this is a very bad mistake!!

Posted by Anka on January 3, 2008 10:42 PM | Permalink | Reply

And I would NOT recommend drinking on Lexapro, this is a very bad mistake!!

Posted by Anka on January 3, 2008 10:43 PM | Permalink | Reply

i drink 6-8 tall bud lights/night on lexapro 20's, have for years, never a problem

Posted by dirk on April 10, 2012 7:00 PM | Permalink | Reply

Tried lexapro for first time today! WILL NOT TAKE AGAIN!!! Not to mention all the horror stories I have read on it since last nite my Husbands Doctor who I love, said to day doctors are giving people with anxiety this stuff and it makes them worse and more depressed or if the weren't before they will probably be. Said they go about treating the problem wrong. I believe it my husband was on it before never helped him ethier. But After my own first day trial run I can say the mild anxity I have is nothing compared to the yawning , nausea as though I am going to vomit constantly and yawning worsens it but can't stop, also my head had been throbbing all day. I usually have lots of energy but felt sick like I was getting the flu today and run down .Not good for a 25 year old mom. I wouldn't suggest taking it especially for GAD. or anxiety. But different strokes for different folks. I found out for myself even after reading the horror stories on here and I can see as how they weren't kidding, probably gets worse the more you take it.better to quit at the first signs of incompatibility with the drug than have to wean yourself off like an addict and suffer horrible consequences.

Posted by Tanya on February 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

Tried lexapro for first time today! WILL NOT TAKE AGAIN!!! Not to mention all the horror stories I have read on it since last nite my Husbands Doctor who I love, said to day doctors are giving people with anxiety this stuff and it makes them worse and more depressed or if the weren't before they will probably be. Said they go about treating the problem wrong. I believe it my husband was on it before never helped him ethier. But After my own first day trial run I can say the mild anxity I have is nothing compared to the yawning , nausea as though I am going to vomit constantly and yawning worsens it but can't stop, also my head had been throbbing all day. I usually have lots of energy but felt sick like I was getting the flu today and run down .Not good for a 25 year old mom. I wouldn't suggest taking it especially for GAD. or anxiety. But different strokes for different folks. I found out for myself even after reading the horror stories on here and I can see as how they weren't kidding, probably gets worse the more you take it.better to quit at the first signs of incompatibility with the drug than have to wean yourself off like an addict and suffer horrible consequences.

Posted by Tanya on February 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

Tried lexapro for first time today! WILL NOT TAKE AGAIN!!! Not to mention all the horror stories I have read on it since last nite my Husbands Doctor who I love, said to day doctors are giving people with anxiety this stuff and it makes them worse and more depressed or if the weren't before they will probably be. Said they go about treating the problem wrong. I believe it my husband was on it before never helped him ethier. But After my own first day trial run I can say the mild anxity I have is nothing compared to the yawning , nausea as though I am going to vomit constantly and yawning worsens it but can't stop, also my head had been throbbing all day. I usually have lots of energy but felt sick like I was getting the flu today and run down .Not good for a 25 year old mom. I wouldn't suggest taking it especially for GAD. or anxiety. But different strokes for different folks. I found out for myself even after reading the horror stories on here and I can see as how they weren't kidding, probably gets worse the more you take it.better to quit at the first signs of incompatibility with the drug than have to wean yourself off like an addict and suffer horrible consequences.

Posted by Tanya on February 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

My son of 28 has been on Lexapro once a day & Remeron at night for 9 months now and the side effects haven't changed only gotten worse in time. He has gone through some extensive testing because of severe gastro problems from diarrhea to reflux and symptoms of gall bladder problems. All the test come back negative, The side effects haven't even thought about getting better. He also sounds stuffy all the time and has headaches. One of the web sites states that it is one with less side effects then I found another web site that listed nearly 16 pages of side effects and withdrawal effects of the drug which include all of what he is experiencing. It could also be the combination of the 2 drugs. He is going to try to get off of them in July when his year is up and get on something natural from the herb store. He has been depressed for most of his life but learned to cover it up well. He hit rock bottom in 2006 when he began snorting coccaine and in may of 2007 began having panic attacks from it and decided this stuff isn't for me. He lives with me and I never realized that he was even on the stuff. Though it was more of a weekend thing and he works nights and I days and am usually involved in something on the weekends. He's 28 so he does his thing. Well he did untill this all started last year. He has since received some excellent couseling from a lady named Pat Zerman with the Atlanta Center for Attitudinal awareness. She has been great getting him through everything. Hopefully his withdrawals won't be as bad as the the side effects are.

Posted by Theresa Redding on March 26, 2008 8:18 AM | Permalink | Reply

I TOO LOVED LEXAPRO BUT HAD TO STOP BECAUSE THE DIARRHEA SIDE EFFECT WOULDNT GO AWAY AFTER 6 MONTHS. AND IM ONLY 28 BUT LEXAPRO WORKED GREAT FOR ME .

Posted by michelle on July 3, 2012 3:51 AM | Permalink | Reply

Ahh, lexapro. The wonder drug that lets me function somewhat normally in society :). I've been taking it for around 5 years now. Started out at 20mg and cut back to 10 to see if it would help with the side effects. OMG the side effects bum me out. I have constant heartburn, diarrhea almost every day and stomach pain. At first I didn't associate it with the lexapro until my prescription was late (I pick it up every 3 months at my dr office) so they prescribed celexa for me until my lexapro arrived. The heartburn disappeared, I had normal bowel habits. It was great!

Posted by lucy on March 31, 2008 12:38 PM | Permalink | Reply

Lexapro has strong side-effects. Ugh! I've been on it for five days. My doctor prescribed it because I've suffered for an year from lightheadedness and several other symptoms that *might* point to depression.

For the last few days, I've been a zombie. This is worse than my original symptoms. I am drowsy all the time, at work and at home. I cannot function at all.

Reading other people's experiences on this page, it seems the side-effects might wear out with time. I'm going to try and stick with it for four weeks (as my doctor advised) before making a decision on whether this thing is for me.

Posted by Adam on April 7, 2008 11:18 AM | Permalink | Reply

I've been on 10 mg/day for about 2 weeks. I feel very happy, but I broke out in a rash and I'm bruising all over. Is this normal?

Posted by T on April 21, 2008 8:11 PM | Permalink | Reply

This is a good drug for me. i was on paxil and Effexor(worst drug ever) and the lexapro is the ONLY drug that has worked for my depression and anxiety. However, I do have massive anaorgasmia, and MY HAIR IS THINNING - A LOT! this bothers me, a lot, and it doesnt list this as a side effect but I am very healthy and dont take any other drugs, and it started happening when i went on Lexapro, but since i havent killed myself I guess it is a fair tradeoff.

Posted by melunkale on April 25, 2008 8:38 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was put on Lexapro my freshman year of high school. The following summer, my family and I went on vacation. In the car, we were laughing and being silly. I took the medicine, and I was so angry that I considered jumping off cliffs (a possibility in the mountains). I noticed that I was altogether angrier when I was on it. I chose depression over anger and stopped taking the Lexapro.
One of my friends took it for Panic Disorder. She cried on an almost daily basis, sobbing bitterly about practically nothing. She nearly lost her positions as section leader in band and president in Key Club due to her uncontrolable emotions and lost will to do anything.
My manager at my old job started Lexapro when he was in high school. He also became suicidal and quit taking it within a week.

Lexapro might work pretty well for adults, but I absolutely do not suggest it for anyone before or during college.

Posted by Cayce on May 6, 2008 1:00 PM | Permalink | Reply

Oppps I forgot to mention I am only 18 years old. Still no luck over the past weekend, I can't come!

Posted by Amy on May 6, 2008 11:35 PM | Permalink | Reply

Has anyone experienced constant, incredible dizziness when you stopped taking Lexapro? I was on the lowest dose for over a year, and talked to my doctor who said I could stop taking it. I've been constantly dizzy for 6 days.

And I can't BELIEVE she never told me about the orgasm problem, that makes me feel SO much better! I thought something was wrong with me! I'm so glad I'm getting off this stuff.

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Posted by jaren on June 23, 2008 2:01 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was on a small dose of Lexapro and it worked wonderfully for my anxiety and depression. I didn't notice any side effects at all. I was first put on 5mg, but that caused my heart to freak out with palpitations and since I have a heart conditon anyway, dr brought it down to 3mg. Even this small dose worked wonders. BUT...when I went to taper off, all hell broke loose. I was only on 3mg and I was knocked off my feet! Diziness so great I could hardly tell where I was. Shocks running through my chest. Headaches. Etc. You won't find me on this again.

Posted by Holly on July 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Permalink | Reply

Been on Lexapro for three days now and I'm ready to get off of it!! I feel worse now than I did a week ago. Haven't slept. Feel jittery and I can't wear my contacts. I'm in a fog.

Posted by Lynn on August 10, 2008 8:05 AM | Permalink | Reply

Works fine. I have tried going on this three times and every time I do, I always get anorgasmia. I'm 18 too! Had to stop taking it, it wasn't worth it.

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Posted by sarah palin on September 3, 2008 2:09 PM | Permalink | Reply

I tool cymbalta for three weeks and had terrible results, have been on Lexapro for one week, was dizzy and nauseated for a time, but that has gone. I am now sleepy all the time and my blood pressure has spiked up and I am on medication which has kept it controlled.

Posted by Karla on September 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Permalink | Reply

I was prescribed Lexapro 5 mg a day for GAD.

Here's my experience:
Day one: AWESOME!- Day two? Not so awesome. Days 3-6 were pure torture - I was on these pills for 6 days and I had symptoms that ranged from a thumping pounding extremely rapid heartbeat (up to 180 beats per minute), severe debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, confusion, loss of memory, I couldn't orgasm, nightmares, tremors, feeling like I couldn't sit down (I literally walked around my house for 20 hours straight), my legs hurt so bad but I couldn't sit down, hearing voices, feeling suicidal, my heart skipping around, stopping, jumping, etc., diarrhea, jaw clench, feeling like bugs were crawling under my skin, unable to eat from days 3-6, my blood sugar levels were dangerously low, I lost 9 lbs in 6 days..weird feeling of "zaps" and tingling in my head, found out later they may have been mini strokes, and now as a result of Lexapro, I am on a heart monitor because the doctor feels it may have permanently damaged the electric impulses in my heart- my heart is out of rhythm and might need to be shocked to get "right" again- I am hoping not- I am a 38 year old mom- too young for all this crap.

Everyone's body chemistry is different, for me this drug was toxic. If I could give anyone advice, if you feel really out of it immediately stop taking it and see what else might help you, had I listened to my doctor I may not be here to share this experience, he told me to stay on it "a little longer". I changed doctors immediately, stopped taking this poison, and was prescribed Ativan as needed and wow- what a difference.

Posted by wifey on October 14, 2008 6:19 PM | Permalink | Reply

I started Lexapro 5mg 4 days ago and decreased dosage in half yesterday. I've had nothing but negative reactions to it from the start; burning sensation at back of neck, head, arms, chest; insomnia, no appetite, just very scary side-effects. I could not focus at work and I felt like a zombie. I'm going to stop the meds and look into cognitive behavioral therapy which I think is a much healthier choice. This is too scary for me.

Posted by Gina on February 21, 2009 4:31 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on Lexapro (60mg) now for 3 years. i have been tapering off for 2 months and just stopped i hate the side effects i cry and feel absoluty useless all the time but i really want to get off it. looking at everyones elses doses mine seems so high.

Posted by Jackie on May 4, 2009 12:35 AM | Permalink | Reply

I am 28 years old and have severe PTSD, ADD and Major Depressive Disorder. This is the first time I have "talked" to anyone, besides being sent to a mental hospital two years ago for attempted suicide and then going to a psychiatrist a week ago to get meds because I felt "bad" again. So My treatment and diagnosis have been pretty sparse. I have previously been on Zoloft, Welbutrin, Seroquel and Trazodone and also Cymbalta all with no results (except suicidality, flashbacks and panic attacks as well as nightmares and nausea/dizziness etc. when I taper off or miss a pill). Lately I have been losing periods of time and having time I couldn't remember or not being able to remember things I should be able to remember and my psych. Dr. put me on Lexapro and Risperdol. I feel like a Zombie and I am afraid of gaining weight. I am 5'1" and 125lbs and the last thing I want to worry about on top of everything else (I am a social worker and I work with CPS removed kids and I am in grad school for psychology) is getting fatter. Sigh. But I know that right now the most important thing is getting well and not losing even more of what mind I have left. It sucks not having anyone to talk to and keeping secrets about this stuff, seems like such a stigma. But I find it very hard to function on these two meds - it has been one week and I am awake all night and then cannot keep my eyes open during the day. I trust my Dr. and hope that as the weeks wear on the medication will acclimate itself to my system and I will start to see benefits. I do have my doubts about this Risperdal business though.

Posted by Anna Jackson on June 14, 2009 1:33 AM | Permalink | Reply

Husband started lexapro today for depression due to lung cancer diagnosis/treatment. He is miserable. Achy like the flu, pain at the base of his neck and his back....will not take again.

Posted by Sad66 on July 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Permalink | Reply

My wife has been lexapro since oct, her personality has changed,we have been together for 17 yrs we are now in the process of getting a divorce her emotions are not present , we have two smll children,she seems more concerned in old relationships a male relation over all we both believed we had a great partnership texting and facebook seem to be her new life she is 113lb and taking 40mg life seems crazy since this DO gave this dosage

Posted by k on August 6, 2009 9:07 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on Lexapro for 3 days now. I have had some side effects, and I hope to lower the dosage and stick things out at my Dr's recommendation.

I have felt like a zombie, had vision changes, shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea.

Posted by Rick on September 8, 2009 7:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

me too.
Do you still take it ?
If so how are you going ?

Posted by Steve Caulfield on June 6, 2012 9:19 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on Lexapro for a week now for anxiety and so far I'm experiencing dry mouth, insomnia, my stomach is bloated and sticks out, vision changes, slight nausea, and I'm having trouble concentrating at work...I feel scatter brained all the time. I also have no appetite for food either and nothing sounds good to eat. I was taking xanax for a few years straight and I wanted to quit because it was effecting my memory so my Doctor switched me over to Lexepro because he said that would help and to give it a month to see if it works. So far, the side effects have been a little rough but I am going to stick it out to see what happens. The only thing that is getting me through the side effects are workouts in the gym and running outdoors everyday. Plus, I have doubled up my B-Vitamin intake because my Dr. said Folic acid helps augment the Lexapro's effectiveness.

Posted by Brian on September 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Permalink | Reply

I'm trying Lexapro for a second time and over the past two weeks, experienced a range of side-effects. I'm on 5 mg. The first day I had headache, then the next day I experienced increased pain in a shoulder that I've had some suspected tendonitis. The most sustained side-effects have been apathy and lethargy. I just don't give a damn about anything. Also, I'm experiencing some uncomfortable sensations in my left arm and leg that I suspect to be some form of restless leg syndrome. My recall/working memory is also problematic. Finally, I'm drowsy most of the day. Coffee seems to help a bit, but I'm not alert. The drowsiness makes it difficult to read or focus.

My previous experience was that I was unconcerned about anything - totally aloof and unproductive. Also, I wanted to sleep most of the day. It increased with increased dosage. My memory impairments also became worse. I don't recall the RLS-like symptoms staying a problem after continued use. I discontinued it back then because of the memory issues, apathy and somnolence. I'm hoping things work better this time.

Posted by Greg on September 16, 2009 7:13 PM | Permalink | Reply

I took 10 mg of Lexapro last year because I had the stress of my wedding as well as jury duty around the same time. I just went back on it again monday because I still have a high cast of anxiety/social phobia. So far, I just feel jittery, so I am going to stay away from coffee! Has anyone been on Lexapro while pregnant or trying to conceive?

Posted by Lisa on September 24, 2009 7:41 AM | Permalink | Reply

With all the side effects of these drugs, why would someone really want to take them? Once your on, your hooked. It gets harder to get off the longer you're on them. That's something they don't tell you about these drugs
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Posted by Bill on October 4, 2009 9:34 AM | Permalink | Reply

there is one reason we put up with side effects-depression is worse. I stopped zoloft because of restless legs and weight gain, and started lexapro. I felt jittery,eye pressure and had insomnia, but not depressed! And lots of energy..
I will stay on a bit longer and see if the side effects get better.

Posted by Kerry on October 23, 2009 7:23 PM | Permalink | Reply

Hey Tom, Yes, I have eye pain on Lexapro, how wierd is that?

Posted by Anonymous on November 28, 2009 7:27 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was prescribed a low dosage of Lexapro for mild depression. I had taken it for only four days when I experienced what the pharmacist said was probably an allergic reaction. I suddenly could not eat or sleep for three days and nights, and lost ten pounds over four days. I could not stop pacing, wringing my hands, and talking. I felt incredibly anxious and fearful. I stopped the drug immediately and never took it again. My doctor was surprised, saying most patients tolerated it very well.

Posted by Dee on January 1, 2010 8:17 PM | Permalink | Reply

The most evil thing I have ever touched. After one dose I developed in half an hour SEVERE AKATHISIA. It lasted seven months. People who develop this unbearable side effect usually want to kill themselves only after 24 hours. I had it for SEVEN MONTHS!!!!!!

I was HANGING ON BY A THREAD day and night in sheer terror with only a few minutes of sleep every few nights because I would get severe electrocution shocks when I almost fell asleep which of course always made me wake up fully. It felt like I was in complete terror and shock and it was very hard to breath and NOTHING could stop the feeling of sheer terror and severe restlessness. I was putting track marks in my hall way from constant pacing day and night up and down the hall way for seven months.

How I managed to get through it was nothing short of a miracle.

NO DOCTOR RECOGNISED THIS SYMPTOM (I WENT TO EMERGENCY SEVERAL TIMES AND SAW MANY PSYCHIATRISTS PLEADING FOR HELP. THIS IS EXTREMELY COMMON BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TO NOT RECOGNISE THE SYMPTOM OF SEVERE AKATHISIA WHICH IS A DIRECT CAUSE OF MOST SUICIDES BY DRUGS SUCH AS SSRI'S.

BAN THIS DRUG BEFORE IT KILLS MORE PEOPLE FROM THIS SIDE EFFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jacqui on March 1, 2012 8:44 AM | Permalink | Reply

hello there jacqie how did u go on lexapro as doctor has tried me on sample dose and what happened to you on it and why did you stay on it for so long if you had them symtoms and i think you must of had bad reaction to them with the symptoms u put.

Posted by tesa on June 17, 2012 3:20 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on lexapro since, July, 2006 - 2012. I never experience any side effects until, January,2012. I started experienceing, terrible aching stiffness in my arms. It gets worse at night and tapers off during the day. It moves from my wrists to my forearms and to my elbows. Some days I can't bend my arm all the way. It's so painful, I am considering going off Lexapro. I hate to do this, because my anxiety and depression are very well under control. I have a doctor's appt. next month, April,2012. I hope he will be able to suggest something to help me, so I will continue on Lexapro, This comment is a response to, "Patti's comment, Nov. 17, 2007, she asked, "has anyone experienced these side effects while on Lexapro".

Posted by wylene on March 21, 2012 2:13 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on Lexapro for about 2 months, for Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety. I have tried Cymbalta, Pristiq, and other antidepressants, but this was my first time trying an SSRI. Before Lexapro, I was having anxiety attacks that made my heart race to 120bpm, caused sweaty palms, caused numbness in my legs, and made me feel out of my body. Now, I rarely experience an anxiety attack, although my depression has barely subsided. I rarely need to take half of the .5 mg Xanax I am prescribed. My side effects include extreme bruising all over my arms and legs, some insomnia (but not intolerable, and easily remediable with a Bendaryl) and it takes a much longer time to orgasm. I've also been experiencing some headaches, but those started before the Lexapro, but have only increased since. I will continue to take this as my anxiety is much easier to handle. As a 19 year old female, I would give Lexapro a thumbs up.

Posted by Emily on April 5, 2012 9:10 PM | Permalink | Reply

Jess did you ever got off lexapro?Are you still taking this stuff. I am on that to and feel the same.

Posted by Sandra on April 13, 2012 2:16 PM | Permalink | Reply

I took Lexapro for 4 years from Age 22 to 26.

Honestly, it was a great drug that really helped me. I had no lasting or extreme side effects. I would agree that memory can be negatively effected. I thought I'd say that it's a great drug for some people and it can help greatly.

When it was time to get off this drug, I weaned myself from 20 mg a day to 10, to 5, to 5 every other day, and so on over a period of 2 months. I still got very dizzy over that period of time, so getting off it can be a challenge.

But I got to this site by searching to see if anyone has had lasting or permanent heartburn effects from Lexapro. I never had heartburn before taking lexapro. I rarely had it while taking the drug, but after getting off Lexapro I've had all kinds of heartburn issues. This may or may not be related to Lexapro, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had this.

Posted by Jeremy on April 22, 2012 9:27 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on lexipro for a month and all I want to eat is carbs, I feel gassy all the time and I have nigth sweats. plus my eyes hurt.

Posted by randi on May 11, 2012 12:57 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on many antidepressant medications. So far Lexapro has been the best. I have been on 40mg. dosage. The Doctor now has cut that in half down to 20 mg. due to some sort of heart warnings by the FDA. Anyone heard about this??

Thank you,

Sue

Posted by Sue on May 22, 2012 6:04 AM | Permalink | Reply

Hi sue thanks for your comment. Can I ask what other AD you have been on? It's just that I have too (just gone cold turkey off prestiq due to major allergic reaction) and my doc wants to start me on lexapro in two days. I'm a little scared but your comment gave me hope. Thanks Kathy

Posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2012 8:26 PM | Permalink | Reply

I'm yawning a lot too, almost constantly at first, but it's gotten better. What hasn't gotten better is my inability to orgasm. If that doesn't get better in the next few days I'll have to try something else.

Posted by Jane on June 1, 2012 7:41 PM | Permalink | Reply

I was on Lexapro for OCD for 10 months and recently stopped using it. It worked well as soon as I reached the right dose, but then my OCD symptoms started back up after about 4 months. The doc added Lamictal but that combo didn't work. While I was on it, I had vivid dreams and monster flatulence. I noticed that I was having trouble finding the right word when I talked, which frustrated me very much as a teacher.
The drug caused me to care less and less about most things, neglecting housework and bill-paying. (I did eat a lot more, though.) I had one alcoholic drink while on the stuff, and experienced nausea, vomiting, and a migraine-like headache, so clearly I am not one of the people who can drink while on Lexapro.
I decided to taper myself off starting about 2 months ago, with the doc's blessing, as I wasn't getting any benefit anymore. I had trouble falling asleep at first (the drug always made me slightly drowsy) I didn't think I experienced much else in the way of withdrawal symptoms, but now that I read some people's stories here, I wonder if the frequent digestive issues I am having are related. I also wonder if the memory problems I had will go away - I hope so.

Posted by SuzyQ on June 30, 2012 3:08 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was on Lexapro for OCD for 10 months and recently stopped using it. It worked well as soon as I reached the right dose, but then my OCD symptoms started back up after about 4 months. The doc added Lamictal but that combo didn't work. While I was on it, I had vivid dreams and monster flatulence. I noticed that I was having trouble finding the right word when I talked, which frustrated me very much as a teacher.
The drug caused me to care less and less about most things, neglecting housework and bill-paying. (I did eat a lot more, though.) I had one alcoholic drink while on the stuff, and experienced nausea, vomiting, and a migraine-like headache, so clearly I am not one of the people who can drink while on Lexapro.
I decided to taper myself off starting about 2 months ago, with the doc's blessing, as I wasn't getting any benefit anymore. I had trouble falling asleep at first (the drug always made me slightly drowsy) I didn't think I experienced much else in the way of withdrawal symptoms, but now that I read some people's stories here, I wonder if the frequent digestive issues I am having are related. I also wonder if the memory problems I had will go away - I hope so.

Posted by SuzyQ on June 30, 2012 3:14 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was on Lexapro for OCD for 10 months and recently stopped using it. It worked well as soon as I reached the right dose, but then my OCD symptoms started back up after about 4 months. The doc added Lamictal but that combo didn't work. While I was on it, I had vivid dreams and monster flatulence. I noticed that I was having trouble finding the right word when I talked, which frustrated me very much as a teacher.
The drug caused me to care less and less about most things, neglecting housework and bill-paying. (I did eat a lot more, though.) I had one alcoholic drink while on the stuff, and experienced nausea, vomiting, and a migraine-like headache, so clearly I am not one of the people who can drink while on Lexapro.
I decided to taper myself off starting about 2 months ago, with the doc's blessing, as I wasn't getting any benefit anymore. I had trouble falling asleep at first (the drug always made me slightly drowsy) I didn't think I experienced much else in the way of withdrawal symptoms, but now that I read some people's stories here, I wonder if the frequent digestive issues I am having are related. I also wonder if the memory problems I had will go away - I hope so.

Posted by SuzyQ on June 30, 2012 3:25 AM | Permalink | Reply

I was on Lexapro for OCD for 10 months and recently stopped using it. It worked well as soon as I reached the right dose, but then my OCD symptoms started back up after about 4 months. The doc added Lamictal but that combo didn't work. While I was on it, I had vivid dreams and monster flatulence. I noticed that I was having trouble finding the right word when I talked, which frustrated me very much as a teacher.
The drug caused me to care less and less about most things, neglecting housework and bill-paying. (I did eat a lot more, though.) I had one alcoholic drink while on the stuff, and experienced nausea, vomiting, and a migraine-like headache, so clearly I am not one of the people who can drink while on Lexapro.
I decided to taper myself off starting about 2 months ago, with the doc's blessing, as I wasn't getting any benefit anymore. I had trouble falling asleep at first (the drug always made me slightly drowsy) I didn't think I experienced much else in the way of withdrawal symptoms, but now that I read some people's stories here, I wonder if the frequent digestive issues I am having are related. I also wonder if the memory problems I had will go away - I hope so.

Posted by SuzyQ on June 30, 2012 3:25 AM | Permalink | Reply

i tried lexapro it gave me great energy and helped depression but the diarrhea did not go away after 6 weeks . that side effect stayed so i had to go off it. i may try it again.

Posted by michelle on July 3, 2012 3:53 AM | Permalink | Reply

I just stopped taking lexapro nearly 3 weeks ago because of the heavy sweating. I gained weight and had memory loss and felt like my thinking was heavy. But...my anxiety was reduced significantly and allowed me to take care of my mental health.

Posted by Jaime on August 1, 2012 8:37 PM | Permalink | Reply

I too suffered from SEVERE mental confusion and memory loss had a very hard time thinking like my mind was blank,I quit taking it after three months of horrible side effects and my memory came bk.

Posted by Renae on October 22, 2012 11:06 PM | Permalink | Reply

25 yr old female,I was having anxiety that was causing me heart palpitations,light headedness,pounding heart ,chest pain etc,so my Dr put me on Lexapro 5mg the first wk I felt great...little did I kbow I was in for it,the side effects started off as just flat out ZERO energy just felt like I wanted to sleep all day,constant Yawning,it did help my heart palpitations for a bit thete,but then my husband would ask me a question and literatly it took me a minute or two to think of the awnser,I had secere mental confusion memory loss could remember anything,then the last wk I took it 3 months on it my eyes hurt SO bad felt like they were being squeezed and were strained it was HELL and the longer u are on this med the harder it is to get off without horrible side effects,I then went from 5 mg to half that for 4 days to wean myself off it and thankfully havnt suffered from and withdraels.

Posted by Renae on October 22, 2012 11:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

I was taking 20mgs for several months but I went through major depression because of personal problems. I went throght cancer so most can understand that but now I'm taking 30mgs of lexapro and it has made my life so much better. My mood has changed significantly and I'm usually in a great mood, I'm motivated. Lexapro is better than any other antidepressant Med I have ever taken so I'm grateful.

Posted by Anonymous on December 10, 2012 9:54 PM | Permalink | Reply

Did you ever find out if the arm issue was related to the lexapro?

Posted by Nov on March 14, 2013 4:30 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have been on Lexapro for 5 years now and I am left with zero memory. I am reading all your comments regarding your experience with Lexapro and memory loss and now feel I am not crazy. One of my daughters has asked me to have a neurologist check me out because she is worried about my memory loss and confusion. Both of my parents passed away having had Alzheimer's Disease. With my loss of memory, both long term and short term, losing items and blaming others for taking them, occasionally struggling to find the right words to express myself, etc, she is worried I might be suffering from early onset Alzheimer's. I worry too. Then I found this website and am learning I am not alone with my serious concerns. I began cutting back on my Lexapro dosage from 40 mgs to 20, and reducing my Lamectil mg's from 300 mgs to 200 mgs a day. Today I am showing signs of depression returning. I slept until 11:30 and did not want to get out of bed. Feel like crying. All my thoughts are negative and sad, etc. Classic signs of depression. I am going to a new psychiatrist and will see what she has to say about Lexapro and memory loss. However, what all of you are telling me is what matters the most; your personal experiences. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories for others.

Posted by Christina Kirkpatrick on April 1, 2013 7:42 PM | Permalink | Reply

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